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Ernest Ottoff BRUTTON

Regimental number1974
Place of birthRiga, Latvia, Russia
ReligionGreek Catholic
AddressGPO, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 7"
Weight161 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Liza Brutton, Lombar Telegraph Station, Livonia, Baltic Provinces, Russia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date20 December 1915
Place of enlistmentCasula, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 18 February 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll1974A
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 23 September 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Queensland Garden of Remembrance
Discharge date28 December 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked from Australia, 18 February 1916; disembarked Suez, 23 March 1916. Transferred to 15th Field Artillery Brigade, Ferry Post, 1 April 1916, mustered as Gunner and posted to 57th Battery. Found guilty, 1 May 1916, of using insubordinate language to a superior officer: awarded 14 days' confined to barracks.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 7 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 15 June 1916. Proceeded from 5th Division Base Depot, Etaples, to the front, 24 July 1916.

Admitted to 36th Casualty Clearing Station, 10 January 1917;transferred to Ambulance Train No 25, 11 January1917; to11th Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 12 January 1917; to Australian General Base Depot, 17 January 1917; marched out to 5th Division Artillery, 6 February 1917; transferred to 5th Divisional Ammunition Column, 7 February 1917; to 3rd Army Field Artillery Brigade, 8 February 1917.

Admitted to 9th Field Ambulance, 23 June 1917 (boil on arm); transferred to Divisional Rest Station, 26 June 1917; rejoined unit, 1 July 1917.

Reallotted Regimental No 1974A, 28 June 1917.

Admitted to 5th London Field Ambulance, 7 September 1917; transferred to 39th General Hospital; discharged to Australian General Base Depot, 20 September 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 14 days. Wounded in action, Belgium (gassed), 30 October 1917, and admitted to 10th Casualty Clearing Station; transferred by Ambulance Train No 19 to St John Ambulance Brigade, Etaples, 1 November 1917; to England, 4 November 1917, and admitted to War Hospital, Warren Road, Guildford, 5 November 1917; to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 27 December 1917; granted furlough, 31 December 1917-14 January 1918, to report to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott. Admitted to Fovant Military Hospital, 9 February 1918 (phimosis - operation); discharged to Training Depot, 22 February 1918. Admitted to Brigade Hospital, 4 March 1918 (influenza); marched in to No 3 Command Depot from hospital, 7 March 1918; to Overseas Training Brigade, 27 April 1918; to No 3 Command Depot, 9 May 1918. Sick to Military Hospital, Fovant, 21 May 1918 (haematurea); discharged to Training Depot, 28 June 1918. Marched out to No 2 Command Depot, 13 July 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Runic', 23 September 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 26 November 1918, for onward overland travel to Sydney; discharged (medically unfit), 28 December 1918 (second discharge date given as16 July 1920.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death1 August 1973

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